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July 07, 2008


Tessa Dick

Thanx for the mention of Ubik by Philip K. Dick, but I believe that Eye in the Sky and A Maze of Death would be more apt examples of Plato's Cave in Phil's writing.

Gabriel Mckee

Both good examples, and I'd add _Time Out of Joint_, _The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch_, and "I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon" to the list. It's a pretty important concept in his theological writings, too.

Tessa Dick

thanx, Gabriel. It is a recurring theme in Phil''s work.

Erin Snyder

Wall-E’s an interesting case. It’s a bit of a stretch to connect it to the Cave Allegory, though, since Wall-E doesn’t originate on the Axiom (the Cave is fundamentally a story of a normal person who breaks free then returns to spread the good word; not a visitor from beyond).

On the surface, Wall-E is more Jesus than Socrates, a savior fueled by a higher power (love rather than God, but it’s still a Passion Story).

On the other hand, the computer screens are reminiscent of the multiple levels of reflection, aren’t they? In particular, the scene of the captain watching old video footage, believing it to be Earth is similar to the prisoner seeing the true sun’s reflection before being able to gaze on the sun, itself. Plus, there are certainly connections to THX-1138 (not surprising since Lucas started Pixar).

I was originally going to say the connections were tenuous at best, but actually… you might have something there. Still, it’s a difficult comparison.

Tessa Dick

I can't help thinking of the funhouse mirrors in The Lady from Shanghai (I think that was the film title -- Orson Welles)

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